As a mom, I don’t get to spend much time on my beauty routine. Well, actually, it’s more like most days there IS no routine. If I get to wash my face every day, I’m lucky.
But whether you use your beauty tools every day or just once a month, they still need to be cleaned. But which ones and how often?
Let’s start at the top (meaning, your head) and work our way down.
Hairbrushes:Â I never really think much about washing my hairbrushes, short of a good boiling once every six months or so. But in truth, or at least according to BellaSugar, they should actually be cleanedÂ every two weeks.Â Yikes!
So, you start by running through a wide-tooth comb to lift away matted hair … if necessary, you can use a seam ripper to cut the tangles. A quick swirl in a dish of warm, soapy water will loosen up any buildup so you can scrub it away with a toothbrush. Let your brushes air dry.
Hair Tools: Flat irons, hair dryers, and curling irons are staple appliances in bathrooms these days. It’s important to clean the lint out of your hair dryer on a regular basis and remove grime on any hot tools.
This can be done with a paste of baking soda and water and a damp cloth. You can learn more about flat iron maintenance over at ZimbioÂ and Good Housekeeping offers an alternative method for cleaning your curling iron.
Makeup Brushes:Â I don’t think I’ve cleaned my makeup brush in … mmm … well, forever. I only useÂ oneÂ so that’s sort of my excuse. But, I guess I should still do it.
Based on this tutorial at SassyBella, I need some warm water and a facial cleanser … and I need to be disciplined in cleaning my brushes every 2â€“4 weeks. A word of caution here: don’t soak your brushes, just swirl them in the water and gently press out any excess water. Soaking can loosen the glue that holds the head to the handle.
photo credit: trostle